SEATTLE -- Nine months after agreeing to the framework of a
contract extension, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar's deal is
Washington athletic director Todd Turner announced Friday that
Romar has signed a deal to keep him with the Huskies through the
Romar will make $1.105 million per season in guaranteed money --
$375,000 in base salary and the rest coming through endorsements,
media commitments and speaking engagements. He will also receive
another $200,000 in deferred income annually and could get $200,000
in performance-based incentives.
Romar's reworked contract at Washington puts him near the top of
the Pac-10 in basketball coaching salaries. Arizona's Lute Olson
reportedly earns $1.42 million per season, and Ben Howland of UCLA
reportedly gets $1.3 million per year.
Tyrone Willingham, coach of the rebuilding Washington football
team that Romar's basketball squad has supplanted as the Huskies'
most popular program, earns $1.41 million per year -- $100,000 of
which is deferred.
"When I took this job, I made it very clear that the University
of Washington is the place where I wanted to be and that I was not
interested in being anywhere else," Romar said. "I continue to
make that very clear."
Romar agreed to the outline of his new deal last November, but
some of the language in the deal needed to be discussed with
university officials. Romar then pushed the extension aside, until
the 2006-07 season was complete.
"I can't imagine a better fit for the University of Washington
basketball program than Lorenzo," Turner said. "It is rare,
indeed, in this day and time to have a coach who loves his
university and his job enough to make such a long-term
Romar is in his sixth season at his alma mater, and has complied
a 103-55 record, turning around a downtrodden program and vaulting
Washington basketball past the Huskies' storied football program
for recent success and interest. Washington regularly has sellouts
at its home arena and has made the NCAA tournament in three of
Romar's five seasons.
Washington reached the regional semifinals in both the 2005 and
2006 seasons. The Huskies were a No. 1 seed for the first time in
school history in 2005 after winning the Pac-10 tournament title.
Romar played two seasons at Washington from 1978-1980. He spent
five years in the NBA before becoming a college coach. He was a
successful assistant at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA
title, then became a head coach at Pepperdine and St. Louis before
returning to Washington.
"This also allows us to continue to focus on making this
program a national contender year-in and year-out," Romar said.
"It is truly a blessing to be in this position."